Tag Archives: Austin City Council Audit and Finance Committee

Thursday, November 19, 2020 by Jo Clifton

City faces challenge in managing software licenses

The city does not have complete information on what software licenses it has or how much those licenses are costing, according to a report from the city auditor’s office. Auditors reported Wednesday that the city spent $7.4 million in Fiscal…

Friday, October 30, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City departments may now deal with small-scale violations

City Council unanimously approved a change to city code Thursday that will allow the Office of the City Auditor to refer small-scale secondary employment misuse cases to the city manager’s office. In cases where a city employee is found using…

Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit and Finance considers Code Department’s present, with an eye toward the future

When City Council members voted to reduce the Austin Police Department budget, they promised to reassign some duties police have previously handled, but it was not clear which departments would take up those burdens. However, at least some Council members were…

Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Auditors seek change in reporting of minor violations

The City Council Audit & Finance Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend a change in city regulations that will allow the Office of the City Auditor to refer “de minimis” or small-scale violations of city code related to misuse of…

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit cites lax city oversight of Mexic-Arte Museum

The city has not done the work needed to develop and oversee its agreements with the Mexic-Arte Museum, according to a report from the Office of the City Auditor. Auditors reported finding a number of contract monitoring weaknesses, raising questions about…

Thursday, August 20, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit highlights inefficiencies at cultural centers

Inefficient operations and a lack of strategic direction have threatened the city’s ability to provide for an increase in cultural opportunities for city residents, according to an extensive audit unveiled by the Office of the City Auditor during the City…

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Committee takes on task of fixing two retirement systems

After hearing about impending problems with two of the city’s retirement systems, the employees retirement system (COAERS) and the Austin police retirement system (APRS), the City Council Audit & Finance Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to designate itself as a legislative…

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by Jo Clifton

APD community engagement audit finds some improvement but data lacking

Although the Austin Police Department has put considerable effort into improving its community policing efforts over the past four years and there have been some positive impacts, an audit by the Office of the City Auditor concluded there was insufficient…

Monday, February 3, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit finds tax increment financing works

According to a report from the Office of the City Auditor, the city has successfully used tax increment financing to attract development to places that otherwise might not have seen new infrastructure, such as Austin’s old airport, now the Mueller…

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Audit: Social services contract rules need update

The city auditor’s team studying the city’s social services contracting process found that even though Austin spends millions of dollars on social services contracts, the city “does not have an explicit definition of ‘social services’ and lacks a formal social…

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Texas Gas Service proposes billing changes

Texas Gas Service, which serves 260,000 customers in Central Texas, including 220,000 within Austin’s city limits, is proposing a new rate design that will give customers new options for how their bills will be calculated. Larry Graham, manager of community…

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Audit: City-owned facilities set to save Austin $330M in 30 years

As the city faces a 3.5 percent tax cap beginning next year, city departments are searching for ways to save their pennies. Staff members have found one such savings opportunity by working to get city employees into city-owned buildings rather…

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Wildfire audit update shows more work ahead

After hearing a new report from the Office of the City Auditor on Austin’s wildfire response efforts, Council Member Alison Alter said while the report lays out appropriate next steps for the city to take, those steps are probably not…

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Audit says Austin could better track outcomes after it refers people to mental health services

The city of Austin does a poor job of tracking the outcomes of people it refers to mental health services, despite the fact that improving access to these providers is one of City Council’s goals over the next couple of…

Friday, September 27, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Report faults APD’s handling of information

The Austin Police Department has failed to comply with the federal policy relating to access to criminal justice information maintained by the FBI, according to a special report from the Office of the City Auditor. Assistant City Auditor Andrew Keegan…

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Updated: Austin eliminating traffic deaths by 2025 a remote possibility, city audit finds

The city of Austin is unlikely to reach its goal of zero traffic deaths or serious injuries by 2025, according to a new report from the city auditor’s office. “While a goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries is…

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by Jo Clifton

City facing challenges in changing sidewalks

When Stephanie Hayden, director of Austin Public Health, sent out a memo last Friday explaining improvements the city was making to the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, she underlined one sentence: “Please note the sidewalk construction is scheduled to…

Monday, August 19, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Audit update shows progress on city HR complaints, with more work needed

The city’s Human Resources Department has made some progress on achieving the recommendations outlined in a 2017 report that found the city was taking too long to investigate complaints brought by city employees. The report, from Matrix Consulting Group, also…

Friday, August 16, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Audit finds ongoing delays, data problems for Development Services Department

The Office of the City Auditor has found that the city’s Development Services Department is still failing to meet on-time and customer satisfaction goals in its permitting process, even after making changes suggested in a 2015 report that found profound…

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Council members say audit on Austin’s ‘enormous’ wildfire risk doesn’t go far enough

Austin City Council members say they need a better look at where the city could be falling short in terms of its wildfire preparedness. A report out today from the Office of the City Auditor said the city is doing…

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